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Don't let these guys tell you you can't build a loop under $100. I built my first water loop for $90! It took about 1 1/2 months to get the parts. The trick is to keep searching Craigslist and the OCN marketplace. Find the best deal you can, then hagle with 'em a bit. Also at first use a t-line instead of a reservoir and buy the Home Depot / Lowe's tubing instead of the over priced water cooling tubing. My loop took me a long time to piece together because I had a lot of research to do before buying an item. Yours won't take that long. If you need help with something just PM me smile.gif. I like to build things really cheap. One of my other loops only cost $30 biggrin.gif
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post #12 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by fastsite;15390926 
Don't let these guys tell you you can't build a loop under $100. I built my first water loop for $90! It took about 1 1/2 months to get the parts. The trick is to keep searching Craigslist and the OCN marketplace. Find the best deal you can, then hagle with 'em a bit. Also at first use a t-line instead of a reservoir and buy the Home Depot / Lowe's tubing instead of the over priced water cooling tubing. My loop took me a long time to piece together because I had a lot of research to do before buying an item. Yours won't take that long. If you need help with something just PM me smile.gif. I like to build things really cheap. One of my other loops only cost $30 biggrin.gif

This ^
After buying and selling everything and finding deals on craigslist & OCN my loop will be around 60-75$. Hard to believe but its true smile.gif

I just baught a Koolance 370 & 450s pump with alot of extra stuff for 50$ on Craigslist. Just look around & don't rush on parts. Always good deals around the corner & awesome people willing to help. Almost done with my loop & its almost been 2 months.
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post #13 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by WizrdSleevz;15391049 
This ^
After buying and selling everything and finding deals on craigslist & OCN my loop will be around 60-75$. Hard to believe but its true smile.gif

I just baught a Koolance 370 & 450s pump with alot of extra stuff for 50$ on Craigslist. Just look around & don't rush on parts. Always good deals around the corner & awesome people willing to help. Almost done with my loop & its almost been 2 months.

Yup! It simply takes some time. smile.gif By the way that was an amazing deal you got on the pump and block!
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post #14 of 27
Why not simply get a Corsair H50/60/70/80/100?

They're less than $100 and come with everything needed for a CPU only loop. Lol.
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Until recently i used a Corsair H50, they are pretty good, ok not as upgradable as and thusly wont be quite as good as some of the DIY kits about, but still on a budget, and just for simplicity they are good!

I would recomend one of the newer ones, if u have the space id say the one with the 240mm Rad. but that obviously will bump up the price. Plus, 2yrs warranty that i believe (may want to check this) that covers water clogged components, cant be bad!

I personally found it was a good way to "dip my toe" into water cooing (punn intended!!) without blowing a huge amount on what is an expensive addition.

My H50 used to hold my Phenom -II at 30C (down from 50) Admitedly i bought this at the same time i upgraded the cooling in the case (Lots of high CFM fans and excessive use of my Dremel) so that difference may not be entirely due to that cooler, but its still worth it in my opinion, even though they seem to get a lot of stick on some sites.

umm sorry i realise i have babbled on a lot. I guess in summary, Prebuilt loops = good even though DIY kits = Better.

That said, if you can find a nice loop for the prices the guiys said above, why not! I personally am more of an "instant results" kinda guy and wouldnt have the patience to build something up over a month or two.
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post #16 of 27
Well yeah of course a custom loop is going to be way better. I love my custom loop. Or even a kit is going to beat a CPU only loop. However the OP is on a very tight budget. Hell my loop cost me over a $1000. He has a 1/10 of that.
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post #17 of 27
I agree, It just depends what the OP wants exactly and their patience level smile.gif I am all for sealed loops, the only reason i left mine really was that i wanted to integrate my GPU
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post #18 of 27
Lol I can tell you as a newbie to WC I spent $250 on my CPU loop and another $150 adding a GPU biggrin.gif
     
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post #19 of 27
yeah i cheaped out on my water cooling. wish i didnt..

if u really want a WC for cheap get a H60 or something.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Coolwaters;15391906 
yeah i cheaped out on my water cooling. wish i didnt..

if u really want a WC for cheap get a H60 or something.

At least with Corsair if something breaks because of their WC loop they will pay for it and probably give you a small dowry of cash. smile.gif
     
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